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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Battle of Pennsylvania kicks off at the Wells Fargo Center

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 7:00 AM / News
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Philadelphia Flyers (1-6-0--2pts)
vs
  Pittsburgh Penguins (5-1-0--10pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

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1. BATTLEGROUND STATE
This is the first of five meetings between the Flyers and Penguins this season, making the Pens one of just two teams (Washington), the Flyers will play five times this year… The road team has won eight of the previous 12 meetings between the two teams… The Flyers went 1-2-1 against the Pens last season, but dropped both contests at home… In the four-game season series, the team's combined for 27 goals (FLYERS-12, PENGUINS-15)… Jakub Voracek had five goals and six points in the four-game season series last year against Pittsburgh… All-time, the Flyers have 142 victories against the Penguins, owning a 142-84-30-8 mark and 92-28-8-4 in Philadelphia.

2. GETTING PHYSICAL
The Flyers rank sixth in the league in hits (190) and second in blocked shots (111)… Zac Rinaldo has 29 hits over the first seven games and is tied for second in the league in that category, while Nicklas Grossmann leads the Flyers in blocked shots with 18 (T-6th in NHL)… The Flyers rank 27th in the NHL in penalty minutes through seven games with 125, despite only seven minutes in penalties in their last game… Last season, the two teams combined for 94 PIM's in the four-game season series - each team had 47 minutes.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Penguins have scored at least three goals in every game so far this season… Pittsburgh also comes in with the NHL's best power play at 35.3% (6-for-17)… Marc-Andre Fleury has a five-game win streak to begin the season - his second-longest winning streak to open the season… Former Flyer Harry Zolnierczyk was recalled by the Penguins earlier this week and could be in the lineup against the Flyers tonight… Claude Giroux has averaged 22:04 ice time per game, which ranks fourth among NHL forwards… Giroux has 20 career points (9g-11a) in 23 games against the Pens.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Tye McGinn - (RW) #15
Since his recall on Sept. 12, McGinn has posted three goals in his two games with the club, including his first career two-point game on Tuesday vs. Vancouver… McGinn plays alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, who have combined for four points (each have a pair of assists) since McGinn's recall… This will be McGinn's first game against the Penguins in his career.

5. Player to watch PENGUINS: Sidney Crosby - (C) #87
Crosby leads the NHL in scoring and averages two points per game with 12 points (5g-7a) in six games so far this season… Crosby has recorded at least a point in every game this season and has a combined seven points (3g-4a) in his last two games… Against the Flyers, Crosby had five points (1g-4a) in four games last season and all-time he averages at least an assist per game (43) with a total of 71 points (28g-43a) in 43 games against the Flyers.

QUOTABLE
"It gets pretty emotional when we play Pittsburgh. It's very emotional. We get fired up, they get fired up and we're looking for some good emotion."
- Craig Berube

SCHEDULE

HOME
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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. MacDonald 1 1 0 1 1
S. Hartnell 1 0 1 1 1
K. Timonen 1 0 0 -2 0
V. Lecavalier 1 0 0 0 0
A. Hall 1 0 0 0 0
M. Streit 1 0 0 0 0
B. Coburn 1 0 0 -2 0
N. Grossmann 1 0 0 0 0
C. Giroux 1 0 0 1 0
J. Voracek 1 0 0 0 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Emery 0 1 0 .889 4.00
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